Tag Archive: Older


Turn older heaters or AC units into a smart home product with Sensibo Sky

The trend toward smart home products is a welcome one in my book. Here at AndroidGuys, we’ve reviewed a ton of products that make things a little easier, like Hunter fans, Deebot robot vacuums, and Nest x Yale smart locks. These products are all designed to be smart right out of the box.

But, if you’re not in the market for something new and just want to make your legacy products smart, there aren’t a ton of options. I had  [Read More…]

Got an older car without Bluetooth? You can still stream tunes — here’s how

We’re seeing more and more automakers incorporating Android Auto-compatible displays into their vehicles, allowing you to use Google Assistant to mirror popular apps for music, navigation, and communications right onto your dash. It’s a great way to safely use the functionality of your phone when you’re behind the wheel, but you don’t need to buy a brand new car to take advantage of Android Auto. The mobile app is really good and lets you customize your own setup  [Read More…]

Can the Samsung Wireless Charger Duo charge older Gear smartwatches?

Best answer: The Samsung Wireless Charger Duo can charge more than just the new Galaxy Watch. It can also be used with the Gear S3 Frontier, Gear S3 Classic and Gear Sport. It isn’t guaranteed to work with any earlier Gear smartwatches.

Amazon: Samsung Wireless Charger Duo ($ 115)

You can also charge the Gear S3 series and Gear Sport

Samsung’s new Wireless Charger Duo was designed with the latest Samsung phones and watches in mind,  [Read More…]

Older Amazon Fire TV devices finally get a 2013-era Android safeguard

An extra checkpoint will keep unwanted devices from connecting to a Fire TV that had ADB access enabled.

Not too long ago we read about malware that supposedly was taking over older Amazon Fire TV devices. That wasn’t exactly the case, but headlines are gonna headline. The thing was if you enabled the installation of “unknown sources” — which allows applications to be loaded from outside of whatever app store is tied to the device, and is  [Read More…]

A number of older speakers have lost built-in Spotify streaming

Affected speakers include ones from Pioneer, Yamaha, and others.

One of the reasons so many people flock to Spotify is because of its wide availability on a number of different platforms. Even if you own an iPhone, have a Google Home Speaker, and prefer to use Amazon Fire TV while browsing the web on your Chromebook, there’s a Spotify app to use to ensure you’re never without your music.

In addition to the above gadgets, a number  [Read More…]

Samsung and LG also claim to not slow down phones with older batteries

“Never have, never will!”

Whether or not you own an iPhone, chances are you’ve heard a thing or two about Apple throttling CPU performance of older handsets as their batteries age. Although Apple has since responded to the outrage around this, there are still plenty of people that aren’t at all happy with the way the whole situation was handled.

Motorola and HTC recently issued statements of their own stating that neither one follows similar practices to  [Read More…]

Google Assistant coming to Android tablets and older phones

Available for phones running 5.0 Lollipop and tablets on Marshmallow and Nougat.

The Google Assistant first launched on the Pixel and Pixel XL in October 2016, and then a few months later in March 2017, expanded to all Android phones running Marshmallow 6.0 or newer. Today, December 13, 2017, Google is expanding the Assistant’s availability to even more phones and now tablets.

If you own a phone that’s still running 5.0 Lollipop (which it very well might  [Read More…]

T-Mobile ONE Unlimited 55+ plan discounts unlimited talk, text, and high speed data for customers 55 years or older

While most major wireless carriers offer dedicated plans for senior citizens, the options are usually limited in scope or come with caveats. Some plans don’t include much data, if at all, and others restrict the handset selection. T-Mobile’s newest rate plan, the ONE Unlimited 55+, aims to disrupt that space. Right now, there are more than […]

How to stream music from your phone in an older car

Upgrading your car stereo capabilities on the cheap.

Story time: I’ve got an older car, a 2001 VW Jetta, that still runs great but lacks some of the modern amenities that I would prefer to have in my car. Most notably, my car stereo still prominently features a cassette deck along with FM/AM radio.

Yeah, I’m pretty sure this setup was out of date back in 2001.

I’m well past using physical media for my music, so  [Read More…]

Why do new phones ship with older versions of Android?

New phones shipping with outdated versions of Android isn’t too surprising. The reasons? Release cycles, and Benjamin Franklin.

This summer, you’ll see phones sold — expensive phones — that have older versions of Android. Brand new phones that cost hundreds of dollars and are the best models available. They will be on shelves beside other brand new phones that have “old” software on them, too. And not just models that have been available for a while, but  [Read More…]